|Money plant that release abundant oxygen can be easily grown indoors .|
Here is a youtube video on how to grow money plant indoors ..
|Money plant that release abundant oxygen can be easily grown indoors .|
|Sitting for prolonged hours is dangerous ..|
1. Because blood flow slows down, you increase your risk of heart disease.
2. Your insulin is negatively affected by just one day of sitting 10 hours a day.
3. Sitting increases your risk of cancer, for reasons we're still speculating about
4. Perhaps it's the antioxidant processes that are engaged when we are in movement.
5. Sitting compresses your body, slowing down digesting, leading to cramps, heartburn, constipation and bloating.
6. Brain function slows down when we sit
7. Your brain gets less blood and oxygen.
8. Because of the above, mood worsens.
9. Posture gets worse, leading to strained neck and shoulders.
10. Your entire body degenerates when you sit 10 hours a day
11. Standing requires tensing of the abdominal muscles.
12. Sitting leads to weak abs, leading to mobility issues.
13. Varicose veins develop.
14. Your bones get weaker.
1. Living and surroundings
a. make more use of natural lighting and wind circulation
b. keep surroundings clean
c. use more of cotton bags and less of polythene bags
d. always insist on less packaging for goods and food items
e. try to purchase more from kirana stores than from super markets
f. employ rainwater harvesting to preserve water
g. try to fast for at least half a day in a week or 2 days in a month
h. at source itself, try to segregate waste and prepare compost for organic waste
3. Energy usage
a. use energy efficient LED bulbs
b. maintain fans, pumps, motors etc regularly for efficient operation
c. switch off fans and lighting when not in use
d. switch off wi-fi routers and other electronic gadgets before one goes to sleep
a. make more use of public transport
b. try to walk more to your destination instead of taking automobile, it is very healthy too
c. if taking private transport, try to do more car-pooling
d. always insist on less storage and less transportation in the supply chain
|Some people come in our life as blessings, some come in as lessons - Mother Teresa|
|Sustainability has impact not only on the environment, |
it has impact on the society and economy too..
1. no friendly discussion with colleagues and friends,
2. coccooning effect - people tend to be to themselves most of the time and
3. intellectual laziness - a laziness to understand things, you just need to know which sources to tap for the knowledge, not the knowledge by itself.
1. Internet search
2. Gmail is our indispensable mailing client
3. most important, Google Drive is also our precious online storage, stores all my class notes, case study manuscripts and final pdfs, academic writings and so on.
4. It is an indispensable word processing client, most of us have chucked MS and its products for many years now.
5. Google Blogger additionally serves as valuable teaching aid that supplements classroom teaching, reaching out to the "knowledge-thirsty" student community all over the world.
6. Google News keeps us updated with events happening around the world and it updates us on a minute-by-minute basis.
7. Google Maps helps us in Bengaluru to tide over the painstaking traffic by giving real time updates on the traffic conditions in BangaloreThe only two areas where Google has still not entered is in Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) and E-learning portals. In a world thirsting for knowledge, the earlier Google enters, the better it is for them - just my opinion !!
Maybe the Google effect will help us conquer some other dimensions of human intelligence which humanity is yet to conceive and comprehend !
Bitcoin uses peer-to-peer technology to operate with no central authority or banks; managing transactions and the issuing of bitcoins is carried out collectively by the network. Bitcoin is open-source; its design is public, nobody owns or controls Bitcoin and everyone can take part. Through many of its unique properties, Bitcoin allows exciting uses that could not be covered by any previous payment system.- bitcoin.org
Value of bitcoins ...Bitcoin is a cryptocurrency and a digital payment system invented by an unknown programmer, or a group of programmers, under the name Satoshi Nakamoto. It was released as open-source software in 2009.The system is peer-to-peer, and transactions take place between users directly, without an intermediary. These transactions are verified by network nodes and recorded in a public distributed ledger called a blockchain. Since the system works without a central repository or single administrator, bitcoin is called the first decentralized digital currency.Besides being created as a reward for mining, bitcoin can be exchanged for other currencies, products, and services in legal or black markets.As of February 2015, over 100,000 merchants and vendors accepted bitcoin as payment. According to research produced by Cambridge University in 2017, there are 2.9 to 5.8 million unique users using a cryptocurrency wallet, most of them using bitcoin. - wikipedia.com
What are the advantages of Cryptocurrencies ?
1. Limited nos of currency in circulation, issue of fake currency is totally removed with encryption and distributed database
2. Difficult to duplicate as it each transaction needs confirmation/authentication from a digital database - the blockchain
3. Just like shares, a cryptocurrency value can fluctuate as more people start using it and can be reliable form of currency
4. The volume of crytocurrencies in use also increase at a predetermined rate in such a way that the value does not skyrocket at any point of time and holds it within reasonable limits. Bitcoins which were issues at $.05 in 2008 are now valued at more than $2420 as of 24 May 2017.
5. It is a global currency, no central bank controls it. The distributed database (blockchain) of the coins and the great secrecy with which it is encrypted makes the database difficult to breach or hack.
6. It gives customers freedom to store their wealth in national currencies or digital currencies
7. As digital currencies escape national government regulations, it is a definite pointer to a unified global currency and unified global markets.
8. The extensive range of use and applications of the block chain concept and encrypted digital currencies can ensure stability in global financial markets in future.
9. More popular an encrypted digital currency, more will be its usage and more value will come out of it.
10. The innovative uses of cryptocurrencies and blockchain is limitless, it could even change the way we do business in future cutting across national boundaries.
1. The transaction cost is now at $6 per transaction which could demotivate large transactional volume
2. Transaction times can be anywhere from 2-3 hours as databases on blockchain around the world have to be referred before finalising any transaction.
3. Big IT firms can have hold and control of future cryptocurrencies and they could attempt to throttle free enterprise and monopolise global economic transactions
4. Can it be used in the wrong way like for example to finance extortions or drug money transactions ?
1. Figure out what one wants to do in life, what dream to pursue ..
2. Find a problem one is passionate about before finding a solution to the problem
3. In whatever actions or dreams one pursues, create societal value which benefits the society first, later financial returns will follow ..
4. Realise that failures are just a step before success, learn from them and never give up.
The next two points he says are non-negotiable ..
5. Treat investor's money with great care than one's own money
6. Have the right passionate team aligned with one's mission
7. Always be optimistic, entrepreneurs help spread positive energy in society
|General Motors , over a century of operations around the world ..|
Failure in Leadership
1. Frequent change of Indian leadership - 9 CEOs have come and gone in 21 years heading the India operations, though the latest has been around for 14 years. The long term impact of frequent change made the situation within the country very fluid and no leader had a vision and long term plan for the company in India, GM having already exited from India two times in the past.
2. Local leaders never got autonomy to take independent decisions - Indian operations being large and catering to a billion plus population needs to have lot of autonomy content inbuilt, Indian CEO cannot be interacting with Global CEO and with Global HQ for each and every action to be taken to spearhead Indian day to day operations. This lack of autonomy to Indian CEO affected GM India operations and dented it's image much.
Failure in planning strategies
1. Indian operations can be run only with India specific strategies - India being a global player and set to lead global economy by 2050 AD, cannot be expected to follow strategies suited for other economies. India is by nature very cost conscious and Indian customers are some of the greatest cost bargainers and at the same time demand unparalleled quality in the products, unlike other global customers. Global Companies need to look at such stringent cost and quality constraints as opportunities for growth and global leadership. General Motors failed to understand this truth in India. (the recent example of Vodafone running scared of their Indian telecom operations finally having to team up with Birla's Idea telecom is an example to quote) Suzuki and Hyundai, global auto leaders have suited their operations to manufacture sub compact cars for the middle class customers and have reaped intense benefit, together they control about 65% of Indian market.
2. Indian strategy has to be focused on volumes and scale, not just on expensive high end cars - Indian customers are very diligent when it comes to spending money on cars. They study the market carefully, make personal observations and ask their friends and relatives many times before finalising on a high value purchase - a societal norm too. Indian customers are extremely obsessed with value for money and do not allow themselves to be taken for a ride by the automobile companies. Companies that have a good dealership and maintenance chain across the country frequently do succeed in their domestic operations. Maruti, Hyundai, Tata etc have great maintenance network across the country.
3. Lack of a long term strategy - a long term strategy is much needed for success in Indian markets. India having opened to almost all auto-majors of the world now is a great ground for improving product competitiveness. It also holds promise to be the world's largest automobile market very soon especially with the advent of electric cars. Short term myopic strategies rarely succeed and fail in India because Indian customers are some of the smartest in the world. Despite initial setbacks, a company that focuses on long term vision only can hold itself and withstand intense competition from other global competitive players operating within the country.
|E Sreedharan's contribution to Kochi metro has been phenomenal ..|
1. the most advanced metro in terms of signalling systems, connectivity etc
2. the cheapest one in the country (at Rs 220 crore/km compared to Rs 337.3 crore per km for Bangalore Namma Metro, a clean Rs 107.3 crore more per kilometre !!) and
3. the fastest executed metro in the country in just three and a half years compared to Bengaluru Namma metrro which has been struggling to cover an additional .
|Running the organisation, exhibiting great leadership|
|Ponds help raise watertable and charge wells|
|Another pond of the 467 new ones dug to catch water ..|
|Beena Vijayan, Meenangaadi gram panchayat president|
taking soil samples to find the Carbon content in
Meenangaadi soil. Courtesy - The Hindu.
|Scenic views around Meenangaadi ..|
|Getting ready to get global attention ..|
|Metro stalwarts in the country ..|
Construction Methodology: Elevated viaduct carried over pre-stressed concrete ‘U/I’ shaped girders with pile / open foundationsThe estimated completion cost of the Metro First Phase (also called Komet or K-3C) from Aluva to Pettah covering 22 stations would cost about INR 5200 crores (app $900 million). Work is also started to extend the northern station from Aluva to the Kochi International airport in Nedumbassery to effect a convenient metro link from the airport right upto Pettah.
Rolling Stock: 2.9 m wide modern rolling stock with stainless steel body, standard gauge axle load of 15 tonnes
Voltage: 750 V DC
Power Supply Source: 110Kv AC
Power Collection: Third Rail Bottom Collection
System: Light Metro System
Type of Signalling: Communication Based Train Control (CBTC) with ATO & ATP
Telecommunication: Integrated system with Fibre Optic cables, SCADA, Train radio, PA system etc (data from Railway technology.com)
|Route map of Kochi metro|
|Sridharan with former CM of Kerala Oommen Chandy at Aluva, 2015 pic.|
1. Get the required funding and a very experienced consultant to oversee the Project
2. Plan for the most modern technology and design for the metro, network with all stakeholders
3. Get a Project Management team strong in engineering expertise and project management skills
4. Effect a smooth and fast implementation on sound Project Management skills
5. Keep all levels politicians away during the project execution stage, to avoid favouritism and allegations of corruption
6. Be straightforward and frank in all dealings with all stake holders
7. Always work with the bigger picture of planned city development, passenger safety, low costs and comfort in mind.
8. Have great communication with all stakehoiders and between employees at all stages right from planing to final handing over and running.
|A global wonder, a 2 km bridge reconstructed in just 45 days..|
|Dr Kalam could not be any happier than this ..|
It is definitely a great tribute from a village student to one of the greatest and humble Indian scientists ever, Dr APJ Abdul Kalam. Rifath Sharook may not be a high scoring student in his school, but sent a very strong message to the world that education is just a tool for getting exposed to the basics, rest all is with our mind applying what we have learned !! Dr Kalam's dream is going to be realised very soon !! - Karthi, HCL, Bangalore,
|The perfect tribute to India's greatest scientist|
Let this humbling experience help us to firm up our resolve to use the country's scientific and technological expertise to make a BETTER SUSTAINABLE WORLD, not just a richer, healthier and stronger country (as other advanced countries brazenly, outrageously pursue and unrepentently propagate .. )
It was a NASA competition to send the lightest satellite in the world and this boy won it.. ISRO may now think of going to villages schools to recruit brains .. real talent is in villages ! 😊🙏
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